She also mentioned how sometimes people get quite frustrated if they take on the values of their culture and feel like they have to pursue those, when they’re really not personally owned... Again, the example is education. The culture here stresses grades and academic achievement in an incredibly intense way here and some parents feel like they have to run after that goal, as if it's been required of them.
The soul-poured-out, the tears for the distance, the depth of grief in accepting and in the decision to obey, the friendship tenderly confronted. More for the Kingdom.
The guest book in a vacation home crammed with thanks for the place made open and available to them (with our thanks signed in it too.) A place to be still and know....a place for repentance and rest.... More for the kingdom.
The widow’s mite laid down in the bucket... more, much more, for the Kingdom.
If we to dare to ask it, we must dare to believe... each moment of prayer and decision and action - more of Him, His kingdom, His glory and less of me, my self-reliance, my plans for success - each and every time it has been worth it all. Worth Everything. For His eternal praise, for his people's eternal joy. May we have grace to never loose sight of His promise.
We do have to pay attention... this isn’t about more for our church or more for our ministry or more health and wealth so the world will see how happy Jesus makes me. This is about more for the King who suffered and died for his enemies, more for His Kingdom. More for Him, more in His ways.
I know these two lines don’t answer everything. They aren’t the perfect water tight values summary and they sure don't solve every problem... but I am helped to get to check opportunities by these two lines. God help me, help us, to serve with joy so that all of my life is poured out, more for your name, more for You, more for your glorious kingdom, O Eternally Worthy God!
K Family Values. Our Heart's Desires....
Relationship- with the Lord, our family, the church, our world. Characterized by honest, vulnerable truth and bold, accepting grace, all the fruits of His Spirt, and integrity, Christ-like character in the dark.
Worship- primarily a commitment to God's word, evidenced in prayer and song, and excellence in education (loving the Lord with our minds), and encouragement to others, and also enjoying creation, inspiration, and expressing our own creativity to His glory.
Service- to each other in our family, and in prayer, hospitality, schooling, church, and outward ministry (evangelism, discipleschip, mercy,...) Characterized by generosity, flexibility, simplicity and lowliness (servant-hearted).